Memorial service scheduled for Andover legend Hart


There will be a memorial service for Dick Hart, the longtime head basketball coach at Andover High, at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. John's Lutheran Church in Linthicum.

Hart, 53, died Saturday morning after a long battle with brain cancer.

Hart started his coaching career as a volunteer in 1961, when Andover High opened. During his years there, his teams compiled a record of 330-294. Twice, Andover made it to the state championship finals.

His career was to continue this season at the new North County High, a school formed by merging Andover and Brooklyn Park high schools.

"He never got to North County," said Steve Malone, former jTC Andover athletic director. "He took a turn for the worse late in the summer and didn't recover enough."

Hart was diagnosed as having a brain tumor in December 1989 and was forced to miss much of the basketball season last winter. Assistant Dan Krimmelbein, now the North County coach, ran the team in his stead.

"He was the only head coach Andover ever had, let's just leave it at that," Malone said. "He missed some games and someone acted in his place, but Dick Hart was the coach."

Malone once served as an assistant to Hart and is now the soccer coach at North County.

"We shared an office; we shared a life," Malone said. "He was a great friend. That's what I'll miss most, his friendship."

Hart's family will be receiving visitors from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Singleton Funeral Home on Crain Highway in Glen Burnie.

Hart will be buried Wednesday in his hometown of Clear Springs in Washington County.

* The Calvert Hall swimming team ended Loyola's remarkable dual-meet winning streak Friday with a 106-78 victory.

The Cardinals won nine of 12 events to hand the visiting Dons their first dual-meet loss since 1983.

Senior team captain Mark Gabriele led Calvert Hall, scoring individual victories in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly, which he won in a pool record 50.31 seconds. Gabriele also anchored the Cardinals' 400 freestyle relay unit and was part of the 200 medley relay team.

Sophomore Brad Francis finished first in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and swam on the same relays with Gabriele.

Victors for Loyola were Mike Tamberino (diving), Troy Pusateri (500 freestyle) and Jason Roberts (100 breaststroke).

* Owings Mills will host the Baltimore County wrestling championships, beginning Wednesday. The Golden Eagles under coach Guy Pritzger, ranked No. 2 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, are a heavy favorite.

* What a winter it's been so far at Catonsville.

Both the boys and girls basketball teams are ranked -- the boys are No. 8 with a 16-0 record; the girls are No. 12 at 15-2.

And that's not all. Friday, at the Fifth Regiment Armory, the Catonsville girls track team ran away with the Baltimore County championship. The Comets compiled 74 points. Parkville was second with 60.

Meredith Benzing sparked Catonsville by placing first in the high jump and 800-meter run.

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